“To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Syracuse Stage

On March 16th 2016, the seniors took a field trip to the Syracuse Stage to watch a performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This was the first play I’ve ever seen, and I would go again if I had a chance. The play started out in pitch black then a spot light turned on to the narrator, Jean Louis. She was played as the narrator and also the future version of Scout, the main character.   Scout was  played by Sera Bullis; she is a homeschooled 8th grader and she was more than excellent. The backdrop of the story is set in the 1930’s around the time that African Americans had little to no rights as  American citizens. The story takes place in a small town in Alabama during the Depression. Scout, her brother Jem, and their widowed father Atticus,  are living in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama.

The high school seniors have been taking this field trip for 10 years. For a few of the seniors, including me, this was their first time ever seeing a play, and for others it’s their first time seeing a professional play. “I liked the play because it wasn’t a musical like I expected; I would go back to the Syracuse Stage to watch another play because this play was great and I expect the others that are performed there are awesome as well,” said Derek Mosher. Derek has seen a couple other plays – “Shrek” and “Highschool Musical,” although they weren’t professional like “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Danielle Fleet, another senior who went to the play said, ” I liked the play mainly because of how they transitioned to other part of the play.” This was her first ever play that she’s seen. Mrs. Powell, one of the teachers who went with us, said she loved the play, mainly the way the staging of all the props on stage in some scenes. She also said that at some parts it was a little difficult to hear. ” I have never seen a bad play at The Syracuse Stage; I am glad that the seniors still get to go on this trip, and I believe that should continue because it’s a good experience that some kids may never experience again,” Powell said